Police calling death of 11-year-old Sherwood girl a homicide


Sherwood police are treating the suspicious death of an 11-year old girl as a homicide, the first in the city in almost a decade.

On Thursday, police and members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were called to the 17600 block of Southwest Galewood Drive at 4:45 pm on a report of an injured child.

Once inside, police found the victim who was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The mother of the victim also was transported to a local area hospital for self-inflicted wounds.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team, which is overseen by the Washington County District Attorney's Office, is investigating the case, which is standard procedure for suspicious deaths and homicides, according to Sherwood police.

Sherwood police investigators as well as six other Washington County police agencies are participating in the ongoing investigation, which lasted throughout Thursday night and continued Friday.

While family notifications have been made, police are not releasing or confirming the names of the victim or family out of respect for their privacy.

"This is a very tragic event and the family deserves to have their moment of privacy to appropriately grieve, and at this time I believe that outweighs the public's need to know,' said Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth.

Investigators are currently speaking with family members and conducting additional interviews and the focus of the investigation is contained within the family, according to police.

Additional investigative information is being with-held at this time, to maintain the integrity of the criminal investigation, they added.

Neighbors did not want to comment on the family, but they say the incident is unexpected in the suburban neighborhood that is normally quiet.

"This is a family-oriented neighborhood -- I mean, everybody knows everybody," said Chris Terjeson, who lives in the area. "So, it's pretty shocking."

This is the first reported homicide in Sherwood city limits since 2001, according to police.

-- Fox Channel 12, a news partner with Community Newspapers and The Portland Tribune, contributed to this report